Michael J. Durkan Prize for Books on Language and Culture

Former Prize Winners

2017

Philip O’Leary, An Underground Theatre: Major Playwrights in the Irish Language 1930-80. University College Dublin Press.

2016

Ray Cashman, Packy Jim: Folklore and Worldview on the Irish Border. University of Wisconsin Press.

2015

Anne O’Dowd, Straw, Hay, & Rushes in Irish Folk Tradition. Irish Academic Press.

2014

Nicholas Wolf, An Irish-Speaking Island: State, Religion, Community, and the Linguistic Landscape in Ireland, 1770-1870. University of Wisconsin Press.

2013

Colin Graham, Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography. Belfast Exposed.

2012

Robert Kanigel, On an Irish Island. Knopf.

2011

Jack Morgan, New World Irish. Palgrave MacMillan.

2010

Jennifer Keating-Miller, Language, Identity and Liberation in Contemporary Irish Literature. Palgrave MacMillan.

2009

Gerry Smyth, Music in Irish Cultural History. Irish Academic Press.

2008

Harry White, Music and the Irish Literary Imagination. Oxford University Press.

2007

Clair Wills, That Neutral Island: A Cultural History of Ireland During the Second World War. Harvard University Press.

2006

David Stifter, Sengoídelc: Old Irish for Beginners. Syracuse University Press.

2005

Tony Crowley, Wars of Words: The Politics of Language in Ireland, 1537-2004. Oxford University Press.

James MacKillop (Honorable Mention), Myths and Legends of the Celts. Penguin.

2004

Philip O’Leary, Gaelic Prose in the Irish Free State. Pennsylvania State University Press.

2003

Helen M. Burke, Riotous Performances: The Struggle for Hegemony in the Irish Theatre, 1712-1784. University of Notre Dame Press.

2002

Ben Levitas, The Theatre of Nation: Irish Drama and Cultural Nationalism, 1890-1916. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Ina Ferris (Honorable Mention), The Romantic National Tale and the Question of Ireland. Cambridge University Press.

2001

Sebastian D. G. Knowles, The Dublin Helix. University of Florida Press.

Maureen Waters, Crossing Highbridge. Syracuse University Press.

2000

Eamonn Wall, From the Sin-E Café to the Black Hills. University of Wisconsin Press.

Tony Crowley, The Politics of Language in Ireland, l366-l922: A Sourcebook. Oxford University Press.

1999

Maria Tymoczko, Translation in a Postcolonial Context: Early Irish Literature in English Translation. St. Jerome Publishing.